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The leading agricultural country in the EU

French agriculture supplies 23% of production in the Fifteen member states.
 
France is the leading country in Europe for the production of: cereals, poultry, beef and wine.  
It is second, behind Germany, for milk and sugar beet.
 
France:
- Top EU exporter
- Second in the world, behind the United States of America
 
French agriculture is based on farms of all sizes.

Sources: Web Interex 2002 – Agreste
Country UAS* (millions of hectares) Percentage of UAS from total surface area Percentage of active farm workersTotal number of farms (in thousands) Average size of farms (ha)Rate of tenant farming (%)
France27, 851 %3,8 %600 0004266
Netherlands800 00050 % 85 0001928
Belgium1,444 %< 2 %65 0004768
Switzerland 20 %3 %80 00020 
United Kingdom15,764 %< 2 %142 0007035
Ireland4,463 %> 4 %233 0001929


More information

AGRESTE : la statistique agricole
Ministère de l'Education et de la Pêche
Direction des affaires financières
SERVICE CENTRAL DES ENQUETES ET ETUDES STATISTIQUES
Site Internet : http://www.agreste.agriculture.gouv.fr
 
EUROSTAT
http://epp.eurostat.cec.eu.int
 
APCA
http://paris.apca.chambagri.fr
 
Le site du Ministère de l’agriculture : http://www.agriculture.gouv.fr

INSEE
http://www.insee.fr
 
Book : INDEX SYNTHESE AGRICOLE


 

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